Humpy's Great Alaskan Ale House
Taps: 50 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
3.95/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Visited for Dinner on a Friday night while visiting Anchorage. The place was packed, and they have a "seat yourself" policy, luckily we found literally the last open table, outside in the back.
Clearly they pride themselves on their massive draft list of over 50 beers. The beer menu was very nicely organized by style, and noted if a beer was local and listed ABV for some, and a price category. The assortment was a nice mix of locals, American Craft, and Belgians.
Our server was average, and so was the food. My wife's seafood was okay, but they totally overcooked my steak.
Recommend for drinks, but don't take a large group or you may be waiting a long time to snag a table.
09-06-2011 20:54:14 | More by jmdrpi
3.55/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
It's a little dark, they do live music but I'm never into the band, kind of a loud bar to be honest and not exactly my scene.
The quality of the food is hit and miss, there are certain items on the menu that I really like, such as the crab roll and certain items that I think are repulsive such as their halibut tacos, check out the Bear Tooth for good halibut tacos in Anchorage.
The service has always been fine, nothing special but they are always courteous and fairly quick with my food and drink.
The selection is fairly extensive but I don't think that it goes far enough for a place that calls itself an "alehouse" it's not as repetitive as your typical bar but there is a certain lack of depth to the beers that they carry.
The place is pricey and there are better spots in Anchorage to get a beer. Just average in my opinion.
01-01-2011 08:23:43 | More by Donnie2112
2.78/5 rDev -30.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
May 2012 - I need to mention that 2 of the past 4 visits to Humpy's have been met with contaminated beer due to dirty tap lines. So disappointing. I'm not the only local with this complaint, as a quick survey of many of our homebrew club friends shows that they have been having the same issues when visiting Humpy's.
I just deleted my old review which gave Humpy's an A. This place, IMO, has gone downhill in the past year or so. While it used to be a place I enjoyed and even looked forward to going to, I no longer find it all that appealing.
Let's start with prices, they have increased in the past year, not that I didn't expect that at some point, but right now? While most people are really watching their wallets? You choose to increase your prices? Most dishes have gone up by at least $3 a piece. Don't get that move at all. They have a new beverage manager and I don't know him, but he seems to not give a shit that this is an alehouse that "used to" cater to the local and visiting beer crowd.
I gotta say this without naming names. A local rep for a local brewery came in and was taking the order and mentioned that the beer this local brewery brews just for Humpys is ready and the bev manager says, "no I don't think we'll get anymore"! Really? You aren't going to purchase a beer that is brewed just for your establishment? A few phone calls straightened him out, I guess. Anyway, this was a story told to me, it's not first hand information.
But back to the establishment itself. The food is still good, the place is still crazy busy, but the beer selection has been less than impressive, with like 20 versions of IPA or pale ale, etc. With little to no love going to other styles. don't get me wrong, they still pull out the big guns during the Beer And Barleywine Festival, but other than that there wasn't much that drew me to Humpy's over this past year. I think saying that I'm disappointed is an understatement. I also feel like management really doesn't care about the regular customers' opinions anymore. A facebook incident where I suggested an idea was met with "I don't think so" from whomever runs their facebook page, and then I was quickly de-friended. All for suggesting that they post their daily specials on facebook like every other bar and restaurant does!
Service is hit or miss if you sit at a table. Bar service is usually pretty quick and on the spot.
On the other hand they just opened up a franchise in Hawaii, my guess is that all the time, effort and $$ is going to that place at the moment.
So sorry to have to delete my original glowing review of this place, but it is so not the Humpy's that locals all came to love! Food is still decent, beer menu is still large, but it's monotonous for the most part.
06-01-2010 17:17:18 | More by juzy
3.84/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Visited on a Friday night in January after returning to our downtown hotel following dinner at Moose's Tooth--Humpy's was an easy walk. They had a pretty good band playing an eclectic selection. The place definitely was happening--lots of people eating, drinking, and socializing. Because this was my first trip to Alaska I tried to stick with Alaskan beers, so I tried the Homer Brewing Scotch Ale they had on tap. It wasn't my favorite beer in Anchorage, but wasn't bad either. As other posters noted, Humpy's is much larger inside than outside appearances would suggest. It was a bit crowded for my tastes, but I imagine its even better when the weather is nice and what looked like an outdoor patio would be more inviting than on a 5 degree night.
02-06-2010 01:00:09 | More by axman
4.3/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Located just a block and a half from the regional transit center, it all put me in mind of Dr. Who's TARDIS - MUCH larger inside than its deceptive exterior would suggest. It looked like a diner with windows flanking either side of the double-doored entryway, center. Entering, The Duck Hut, an outlet for all of their logo items was to the left with a salesperson standing by (!).
The long, wide 5/8 octagon-shaped bar began shortly inside the door in the center line. I grabbed a Captain's chair on the right corner for a good view of the goings on. The back bar was a tap-filled island in the center of the bar, with the kitchen visible further aft, past the back bar. High tables and chairs lined the windows and the left wall, plus a good bit of the surrounding space. Crescent-shaped booths ran most of the length of the right wall. A crescent-shaped snug existed on the left wall of the right hand corridor, just before the doors leading to their outdoor patio and The Crab Shack. As to that last, you could weigh out the amount of Red King Crab that you wanted, paying by the pound with a one pound minimum, plus potato and corn on the cob. I opted for the Plank Salmon dinner, as if you could not have intuited that by now. Lavs were aft, along left wall.
The menu actually bore transcription: "An original Alaskan Bar & Grill for Beer Lovers by Beer Lovers. The Humpy (or Pink Salmon) takes a wild trip each summer up an Alaskan river. Gradually, the male's spine bends from chasing the females back to their birthplace. The Humpy has to fight its way up the raging currents, past the pesky anglers and against nature's time clock. Millions of salmon end the exhausting trip up some river bank, after spawning in the wee hours of the Midnight Sun. Sounds like a typical Alaskan vacation!! The Humpy is a sacred fish; you will NEVER find it served on our menu. Thank you for joining up and Keep on Spawning!!!"
Beer: 45 taps, 1 cask. I had Alaska Icy Bay IPA followed by Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter.
Mom: The loud music on the PA system might be a bit much, but the seafood would make up for it.
12-25-2009 14:00:14 | More by woodychandler
4.3/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
What I find striking about Humpy's, at least looking at the place from the outside, is just how small the place appears. The company "schwag" store next door appears larger, though once you walk in Humpy's is sizeable enough.
The place has a good size, U shaped wrap around bar as you walk in, with a number of tables and chairs interspersed around the restaurant inside. Humpy's has a very low key, informal and relaxed vibe, and I can only assume they got a good price on the paint they used on the walls. The place is pretty much two tone green, with a few beer poster adornments on the walls.
As others have noted, this place has a sizeable draft selection, this day consisting of some 46 offerings (not quite the 55 one reads about in local advertisements). The menu lists which offerings are local (brewed in Alaska), which today amounted to 21 out of 46 on the list. Not bad, I thought, though I wasn't overwhelmed by the quality level of some of those selections. James Robert (Dr. Fermento) noted in the local Anchorage Press weekly that Anchorage is inundated with tourists in the Summer, which places (as he put it) an inordinate demand on local brewers to produce only the lightest, most common offerings in large volume. Perhaps that partially explains the current draft list at Humpy's, as I can't say I was overjoyed to see the likes of Kona Longboard Lager, Pyramid hefeweizen and Alaskan white, among other things. Granted, I haven't been here in some years, but my recollection is that during the winter months, the selection is much more impressive. In any event....
Service was fine for what it was, with the young woman waiting on me quick and attentive. No problems there.
This is still a very solid place, but I'm guessing the summer time is not the best time to stop by here.
Edit from 7/5/09. Stopped by a few days later, and had my earlier suspicion confirmed. Tonight Humpy's had Monk's Mistress on nitro, Fallen Angel, and Full Sail Slipnot. Mea Culpa, I clearly was here on an off night the first time here. I have adjusted my quality score accordingly.
07-03-2009 17:34:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
3.64/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A pretty basic bar with a good selection. It's dark, a bit dingy, busy, and vaguely fish themed. Hopping with a decent mix of folks. Lots of tap handles along the wall. We sat at the bar, and service was somewhat friendly and quick but slightly detached. There was a really drunk guy sitting next to us and the bartender was not impressed with his antics.
There were about 46 on tap according to my count, 20 of which were brewed in Alaska. A very solid selection, but nothing earth-shattering. Still something for everyone, especially tourists looking for local brews.
I guess this place is probably a must stop for Anchorage.
06-11-2009 22:51:05 | More by shivtim
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in Anchorage for 2 days and all I heard was GO TO HUMPY'S. Wise choice. Salmon was excellent and went well the GREAT brew selection. They had some of my fav WA beers not to mention some locals and Alaskan Brewing beers which I love. Really liked it and it was nice to have some good brews before heading to Korea AGAIN. Wont forget it and I advise any and all headed to Anchorage/Elemendorf AFB area to hit up HUMPYS! Oh yeah..the bartender even knew her brews. OUT FREAKIN STANDING. Service was good even on a very busy night. this place is a well rounded beer bar.
10-19-2008 17:29:28 | More by barleywinefiend
3.75/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Humpy's is a dark local dive bar, dark even during the day and dark even by my standards. This being said, I still like it. Lots of locals and an excellent beer list (lots of taps). The décor is old beer posters, beer mirrors, and tap handles. There is a bandstand to the left of the entrance and an square island bar in the middle of the establishment. From the stickers in the men's restroom, I deduce the local airmen drink there quite a bit. The food is good quality bar fare, I had the halibut and chips, which was very good. For a non local it gave me a good feel for the local bar scene and I wish I could have stayed longer and tasted more local beer offerings. Defiantly a good beer stop in Anchorage, AK.
08-26-2008 20:20:39 | More by TheEclecticGent
3.8/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Best TAP selection in Anchorage that I could find, with focus on Alaskan beers & Pascific mainland brews.
Atmosphere is very run down, almost "dive" style bar - plump oval booths, old tables, & run down exterior appearance.
Clientele is diverse, and almost disturbingly so. On a Sunday night at 8pm I couldn't get a table. Everyone had their kids in this place (most under 10yrs old), even though it's a worknight and a loud band is starting. A lot of people were blue collar working folks, which I thought was odd for a place serving upscale beers.
Service was simply average. On afternoon visits I received proper attention but on moderately busy evenings it was below par.
Food was average and reasonably priced, given Alaska prices on the whole.
Conclusion: if you can get here on a slow time during the day, preferably on a weekend, then Humpy's is a good place. Evenings are another story.
08-11-2008 04:17:54 | More by yemenmocha
Humpy's Great Alaskan Ale House in Anchorage, AK
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.